3 Lahore Journalists Get Coronavirus, Staffers Demand Closure Of Offices
Two staffers of channel 24 News HD and an employee of channel AbbTakk have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, after which the staff members of the said channels and other media personnel have called on the owners to let them work from home.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 24 News HD Mohsin Naqvi took to Twitter to inform people that a staffer was diagnosed with coronavirus. “We will quarantine few staff members, and will continue to assure that all precautions possible are taken,” said the CEO.
One of our Colleague has been tested positive for Corona. We are investigating the possibility of further infected individuals by tests and will quarantine few staff members. We have and will continue to assure that all precautions possible are taken. @HamidMirPAK@NasimZehra
— Mohsin Naqvi (@MohsinnaqviC42) March 22, 2020
Journalist Gharidah Farooqi claimed on Twitter that total three cases of coronavirus have emerged from mainstream media channels, out of which two were reported from channel 24, and one from channel AbbTakk.
Three cases in total. Two in Channel 24. One in AbbTakk. Prayers for the safety of all 🙏🏼 Ya ALLAH apna reham farma. https://t.co/RXmoNdabZd
— Gharidah Farooqi (@GFarooqi) March 22, 2020
Media personnel and staff members of channel 24 have started raising their voices on social media and appealed to the owners to allow the staffers to work from home until the coronavirus crisis persists.
Being a worker of channel 24 this is very risky to continue work… me my all other colleague’s appeal kindly think about all the other staff.. now this is the time of taking serious action #coronavirus #StayHomeSaveLives https://t.co/gSyhh5FKpS
— Zille Huma (@zillehumaspeaks) March 23, 2020
You have caused this, people had been complaining about C42 & channel 24 admins, how they are not allowing work from home. https://t.co/su12yfR40f
— Sheharyar Jaffri (@sheharyaralii) March 22, 2020
Now, What about the lockdown of channel 24?
— Usman Latif (@m_usmanlatif) March 22, 2020
demand lockdown #channel24 shut the transmission because who knows how many people he infected in office and if channel 24 employees keep coming to office its risks for our police and people of the street.
— Junaid Ahmed (@junahmed46) March 22, 2020
First victim of #COVID2019 in media industry, A colleague from Channel 24, Prayers!
We are always on frontline to keep people Aware and yes risks are the part of our lives.
— Syed AFaq ALi (@RjAFaqALi) March 22, 2020
Meanwhile, veteran journalist Hamid Mir replied to Mohsin Naqvi’s tweet and said, “I know that you forced your colleague for the test, and also arranged his test. I am sure your good attentions will protect you from more cases.”
I know that you forced your colleague for the test and also arranged his test I am sure your good attentions will protect you from more cases best of luck #UniteAndStrikeAgainstCorona #COVIDー19 https://t.co/ALBjVsxCGP
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) March 22, 2020
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